Ted was born and spent his boyhood in Leicestershire, where he began his Civil Service career as a Clerical Officer in the Prison Service. After promotions took him to Shropshire and Dorset, his final move brought him to Hamsterley in 1984.
As a former Cub Scout leader, Ted loved the great outdoors and completed several long distance trails in this country and elsewhere. He had an extensive knowledge of wildlife, and he found much pleasure in tending his own extensive garden. He loved classical music and his fine tenor voice was much admired in the Crook & Weardale Choral Society. He enjoyed life, but never took himself too seriously. He was a thoughtful, well read and intelligent man, but always ready to be of assistance to others in diverse ways – he was just as keen to discuss the finer points of poetry as to climb ladders to stop the leaks in the church roof! And none of us is likely to forget his exceptional roles with the Hamsterley Players, equally convincing as a fairy, pirate, genie, policeman, king, wizard or dame, and all performed not only with a sense of fun but also a sensitivity towards the character.
For thirty years Ted has been closely involved in the life of our churches here, and had served as Churchwarden for the last 10 years. His quiet but deep and enduring faith sustained him to the end, and this in itself served as an example and encouragement to many.
We shall remember Ted as a kind, considerate and thoughtful man, a source of honest and impartial advice, a good and reliable friend, a devoted family man and, above all, wonderful company.
(drawn from the tribute at Ted’s funeral given by his brother)